WRITTEN BY Elizabeth Nelms
Located on 1121 N. Central Street in the Happy Holler Historic District, Retrospect is a vintage store that sells a variety of affordable, high-quality furniture, clothes and other items from throughout the past.
Owner Theresa “Tree” Griffin began her foray into the antique business by assisting her mother with her antique dealing around 30 years ago.
“I started helping her do her stuff and ran some booths in other antique shops,” Griffin said.
After years with the antique booth, Griffin opened up her first store, alongside her mother and sister, in the Seymour area.
“It was called Living Vintage, and it was on Chapman Highway between 2007 and 2010 … I still had a part-time ‘real’ job, because that store was open only four days a week. It was not the best location, and that store closed down after about three years,” Griffin says.
Between the closing of Living Vintage and the opening of Retrospect, Griffin operated a booth at Nostalgia Vintage.
Griffin’s current store opened in 2014. “The years fly by,” Griffin said.
“The other [non-antiquing] job I was working when I had Living Vintage was for an interior design company, and they retired. My job kind of ended around the time [Retrospect] opened,” Griffin remembered.
Retrospect operates similar to an antique mall, with 18 vendors with different sections of the store.
Griffin added, “Some vendors are more into clothes, others are more into vintage furniture. Some specialize in vintage audio equipment. ... All our vendors source their stuff from various sources, like yard sales, estate sales, and online.”
The store also runs a flea market — Retro Flea — in which the store rents out spaces for vendors in their parking lot. Griffin states that she plans on making the flea market a monthly event in the future.
“When we had the mandatory shutdown, it was about a month and a half [without business].”
The store did its operations through its Instagram page during this time, posting photos of items for sale from various vendors, and offering drive-thru pickup. Griffin did not charge the vendors during the shutdown.
Despite the hardships of the pandemic, there has been no shortage of customers post-lockdown.
“People just came back in droves. They’re really great about wearing their masks,” Griffin said.
The store is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They can be found on Facebook at Retrospect Vintage Store, or on Instagram @RetrospectVintageStore.